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DECEMBER 3-5, 2024   

CHALLENGES & AWARDS - December 3-5 • Austin, TX - Apply Today

Accelerating Innovation for the Nation

Join the nation's largest innovation matchmaking program aligned with national technology priorities and federal funding opportunities. Showcase and pitch your innovations to leading investors, corporate scouts, and over $50B in federal funding authority. Our government and industry customers are seeking top emerging technologies across most all technology domains, with a special interest in innovations with dual-use industry and government applications.

  • 1000+ Prospecting Partners
  • $50B in Funding Authority
  • 50+ Contracting Offices
  • 2500 1-on-1 Meetings

Don't miss this opportunity, and submit your technology today for consideration!

APPLY TODAY!    - due Aug. 23


Topics Include:

  • Energy & Resilience
  • Biotech & Medical
  • Microelectronics & Sensors
  • Advanced Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Communications
  • Aerospace Technologies
  • Autonomous Systems
  • AI, Cyber & Digital Solutions

Who Should Apply

Startups, universities, labs, SBIR/OT awardees, and companies of all sizes and commercial maturity are welcome! If you have technologies representing cutting-edge innovations and are looking to connect with either government funders and industry scouts - Submit today!

How to Participate

There is no-fee to submit into this Challenge. Submit your technologies today for review and consideration. If selected, you will be required to pay a Registration Fee to secure your Pitch slot in the program. The first step is simply to submit your technology.

APPLY TODAY!    - due Aug. 23

Pitch & Showcase

Finalists will receive notification in mid-October. If selected, you must confirm through one of the options below. Those selected to pitch receive a 2024 DTC Innovation Award Certificate, website recognition, and media kit to share their success.

Pitch Dates: December 3-5
Location: Austin, TX - JW Marriott

For more information please contact Emma Mooney, Outreach and Project Manager at

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